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Scholarship Opportunities

NSHSS works to continuously provide scholarship opportunities to our members to defray the costs associated with college and life-changing educational programs. A variety of scholarships are available for high school students to support college tuition at the accredited college or university of the member’s choosing, study abroad programs and special leadership and skills development programs through NSHSS partners. 

College members also have access to scholarships to further support their collegiate studies, as well as opportunities to attend exclusive conferences such as Clinton Global Initiative University and the annual Nobel Prize week festivities in Stockholm, Sweden.  

NSHSS is a long-time member and supporter of the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA), a nonprofit, membership association that advances the collective impact of scholarship providers and the scholarships they award. NSPA was established in 1999 by Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation,, Hispanic Scholarship Fund and Scholarship America to facilitate the creation of scholarship best practices, encourage professional development and to establish cooperative relationships among scholarship providers.

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Scholarship updates are posted monthly in our newsletter Scholarship Updates article and weekly during the academic year in our "Scholarship Sunday" postings on our facebook page. As scholarships open, they are posted online in your member dashboard under "Apply for Scholarships" once you are logged in. Be sure to set your contact preferences on your member profile to allow communication from NSHSS in order to have scholarship details sent to you.

For most scholarships, you will need to include a personal statement; resume of honors, awards, leadership activities, extracurricular activities, and community service; educator recommendation; transcript, and photo. If you are applying for more than one scholarship, you may submit one transcript and recommendation to use for multiple scholarships. The educator recommendation form is online and the link is provided in the scholarship applications. Review all guidelines for particular scholarships before submitting the application.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

A&F Diversity Champions 2015 International

10 $1,000 scholarships for high school seniors reflecting experience and perspectives on diversity & inclusion for students enrolled in or enrolling in a university in one of the following countries in the fall of 2015: Australia, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, or United Kingdom. Deadline to apply: April 30, 2015 The awards are for the freshman year of college. Apply online in the member dashboard when the application opens. You may cancel the application before submitting but once submitted, it is closed for editing. Requirements: personal statement, resume, educator recommendation submitted online by the recommender, transcript, and a color photo. The statement & resume may be uploaded or copied and pasted into the application. The transcript may be uploaded, mailed, or emailed. The applications also requires responses to questions on the application regarding Diversity & Inclusion

Friday, May 1, 2015

American Business School in Paris Summer Study

The American Business School has established the 2015 summer program in partnership with ISCPA, the school of Journalism, Communication and Production from IGS Higher Education Group and the participation of the Fashion Institute of Technology New York & Gonzaga University Faculty staff. High school and college students can apply to study Communication, Business, Fashion, Arts in the heart of Paris. Deadline to apply for both sessions: May 1, 2015 Summer I: May 26 to June 26 (Application Deadline May 1st –this was extended for NSHSS members) • MGMT 422: International Business as legal and socio-cultural transaction: 3 Credits • MGMT 210: Organizational Behavior and Management: 3 Credits • MGMT 400: European Business Strategies: 3 Credits • MKTG 400: Creating & Developing Luxury Brands: 3 Credits • ARTS 340: Paris, a journey through time: 3 Credits Summer II: June 30 to July 31 (Application Deadline May 1st) • COMM 221: French Media and Communication, Emphasis on TV and Radio: 3 Credits • ARTS 222: Contemporary Brand Creation and Management: Parisian Designers: 3 Credits • POLS 210: International Relations: 3 Credits • MGT 444: Doing Business in Asia: 3 Credits • MKTG 435: Fashion Brands and Consumer Behaviour: 3 Credits • DSCI 310: Operation Management: 3 Credits The COMM 221 class is an introduction to radio and television media and no previous course work in communications is required. Visits to French & International TV/Radio studies are scheduled as part of the course. Tuition, fees, application process, course description are available on the American Business School website Contact:

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Claes Nobel Entrepreneur Scholar Awards

$1,000 awards open to high school juniors and seniors who have an idea for a product, service, business, or other innovation. Apply online in the member dashboard. Requirements: Description: A brief description of your proposed idea, business, or product explaining what it is, why there is a need for it, how it is different from others in the same category, how you would make (or have made) a prototype, and what is your plan for turning this innovation into reality. Let us know how you got the idea and what you have done about it thus far. Business Plan: Applicants are also required to include a business plan outlining strategies for launching their idea. A business plan outlines how you plan to grow your business and explains your strategic vision. Visit websites such as Small Business Administration for information and guidance and tips for creating your plan. The Small Business Administration website provides free information for young entrepreneurs and for guidance. You may also take 30-minute free online courses for young entrepreneurs to assist you with starting a business, as well as creating a business plan, which also contains a sample business plan template: Your business plan should include the following components in a document. You may review the SBA sample template from the free online video course: Your business plan should include the following components in a document. You may review the SBA sample template from the free online video course provided by the SBA • Executive Summary • Company Description • Market Analysis • Organization and Management plan • Service or Product description • Marketing and sales plans • Funding request needs (if applicable) • Financial projections Applications also require an educator recommendation, transcript, resume, and photo.

Friday, May 1, 2015

NSHSS Ambassador Awards 2015

Ten $1,000 scholarships for NSHSS Ambassadors graduating in 2015 who demonstrate specific ways in which they have represented NSHSS and helped to build a positive global community. Apply online in the member area of the website at When you apply online, once you submit your application, it will be closed for editing. For this application, you will need: . name and email address of your school principal . name and email address of your school counselor . name and email address of your recommender if you have not have a recommendation submitted in 2015 . resume listing honors and awards, leadership activities, extra-curricular activities, and community service . color photo of yourself . Personal statement addressing one of the following: A. In what specific ways you have represented NSHSS as an ambassador? B. How you have contributed as an ambassador to building a positive global community? You are encouraged to send include photos and press clippings of any activities if available. Transcript - submit a transcript via upload, email, or mail. If you have already submitted a transcript for a 2015 scholarship, you do not need to send another one. Transcripts may be uploaded or emailed to: or mailed to NSHSS Ambassador Scholarship NSHSS Headquarters 1936 N. Druid Hills Road Atlanta, GA 30319

Friday, May 1, 2015

NSHSS Academic Paper Awards 2015

Twenty-five $250 cash awards to recognize NSHSS members who have written academic papers as class assignments in high school, such as a research paper, an original essay, or an analytical paper. Winning papers will be published on the NSHSS website. The essay must have been assigned and submitted for a class you have taken in high school, or are currently taking. If you are dual-enrolled in high school and college, you may submit a paper from the college class. We will not consider fiction or poetry, journal entries, computer programs, or lab reports. You may submit one paper per year. Winners must agree to publication of their essay on the NSHSS website in order to receive the award. Winning essays will be posted on the NSHSS website. All entries must be submitted by May 1, 2015. Submissions will not be returned. Method of submission: Upload a copy of your essay on the online application as a Word document or pdf. You will need to provide the title of the paper, name of the class, term/year when the class was taken, and the name and contact information of the teacher who assigned the paper. Apply online in the member dashboard: Deadline to submit: May 1, 2015 For questions, please contact *Essays must be submitted in English.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Envision Career & Leadership Program 2015

Five full tuition scholarships for the Envision summer career program of your choice. All members receive a $200 tuition discount by enrolling on the Envision/NSHSS webpage and including your NSHSS Membership Identification Number.

Friday, May 15, 2015

George Washington University Pre-College Program

GW Pre-College program enrolls high school students in academic programs that integrate lectures and seminars with and applied exploration of an area of study. Students also engage in co-curricular and recreational programs which introduce them to prospective fields of interests through site visits around Washington, D.C. Students have the opportunity to participate in college readiness seminars that engage them in an understanding of the admissions process and the student experience, as they prepare for their college future. GW will award up to 5 partial merit-based scholarships each valued at $1000 to the best qualified NSHSS applicants interested in undergraduate level study in either the Science or Arts fields for the following programs: • July 6-August 7: 6-week–Human Physiology course (3 credits). This program requires enrollment in GW’s Human Physiology Course and students participate in co-curricular programs focused on careers in the medical and health sciences disciplines. Admission to this program requires advanced level (AP or IB) Chemistry and Biology courses and strong academic performance. • July 5 – July 24, 2015: 3-week Corcoran Studio Experience (3 credits). This program is for students interested in pursuing a career in the arts. Through an interdisciplinary course of study in painting, drawing, sculpture, and digital media students will develop technical and perceptual skills that are the foundation of visual expression. At completion, the student will have actualized a body of work that will be an important contribution to the student’s portfolio. To Apply: GW must be in receipt of a full application with supporting documents by the May 15th deadline. Students must indicate NSHSS on their application for consideration. Selected students will be notified if they are chosen for the scholarship as part of their admission to the program. The scholarship award is for $1000 to be applied toward tuition only. The scholarship may not be applied to other GW programs or courses. For program information and applications visit GW Pre-College Programs at or contact GW at 202-242-6360 or email

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Friday, May 15, 2015

George Washington Univ. Summer Non-Credit Classes

Summer Immersion Programs (noncredit) GW will waive the application fee for NSHSS students interested in applying to Summer Immersion non-credit program courses. Students must indicate NSHSS on their application for consideration. SESSION I: July 5-17 • Writing the City • Corcoran Summer Arts: Ceramics & Painting • Social Change & Leadership • Business Issues in a Global Economy • Crime & Justice • Photojournalism: Media in Focus • U.S. Foreign Policy: Multilateralism • Robotics SESSION II: July 19-July 31 • Biomedical Engineering: Identifying Medical Problems & Developing Solutions • Communication and Negotiation in a Global Society • Crime Scene Investigation: CSI DC • Election Politics: Building a Campaign • Principles of International Law • Corcoran Summer Arts: Photography & Digital Design • Power, Influence, & the News: Understanding Media For program information visit GW Pre-College Programs at or contact GW at 202-242-6360 or email

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Friday, May 15, 2015

NSHSS Literary Competition

Express Yourself! Deadline for all submissions: May 15, 2015 All NSHSS high school members are eligible to submit their creative work in our new Claes Nobel Literary Competition. Winning literary entries will be published on the NSHSS website. Entries will be judged on creativity, technique, expression, and originality. Three prizes will be awarded in each of the two categories: Poetry and Fiction. In each category, the following prizes will be awarded: First prize: $1,000 2nd prize: $500 3rd prize: $250 Students may submit poetry and/or fiction to the literary contest. All entries must be uploaded online in the application in the member dashboard. Entries should not have been previously published. All entries must be uploaded online in the application either as documents files or pdf files. Submit one entry per category. Poetry: Students may submit their original poetry in any style, from formal verse, to free verse to experimental. The poem should be formatted as you wish it to appear in publication. Fiction: Student may submit a piece of short fiction, which must be no more than 5,000 words and should not be single-spaced. The entry may be any genre of the student’s choice, including graphic novel or story. By submitting your literary work to us, you are giving NSHSS and its partners, affiliates, and licensees the non-exclusive right to publish your work in any format, including print, electronic, and online media. However, all individual contributors to NSHSS retain the right to submit their work for non-exclusive publication elsewhere, and you have our permission to do so. Winners in the poetry and fiction categories may be invited to participate in a public reading of their works. If you wish to submit both an entry in Poetry and an entry in Fiction, you may do so (or you may wish to submit in one category only).

Friday, May 15, 2015

NSHSS Visual Arts Competition

NSHSS high school students may submit visual art and photography–painting, ceramics, glass, sculpture, mixed media, printmaking, weaving, digital and 35mm photography. These must be submitted as digital files, which must be a minimum 300 dpi JPEG. All work must be the student’s original work. Submit only one entry. By submitting your work to us, you are giving NSHSS and its partners, affiliates, and licensees the non-exclusive right to publish your work in any format, including print, electronic, and online media. However, all individual contributors to NSHSS retain the right to submit their work for non-exclusive publication elsewhere, and you have our permission to do so. Finalists will be contacted to submit physical artworks if appropriate for the category. These will be shipped to the NSHSS headquarters at the finalist’s expense and will be donated to NSHSS. Applicants must also provide a brief statement describing the work submitted – what inspired the work, how it was created, and the intent. Entries also require an educator recommendation. For questions, contact

Friday, May 15, 2015

NSHSS Video Competition

Express Yourself! Video - Open to all high school members. Video Prompt: Express yourself by providing an artistic representation of yourself or your worldview through film. Films should be no more than 5 minutes long, and submissions can be made into the following categories: create a story through scripted film narrative, animation, documentary, or music video/musical/dance performance. Entries will be judged on the following criteria: •Expression of a clear theme; •Quality of the storyline and script (if applicable); •Creativity and/or content originality; •Production quality; and •Editing. To enter, upload your video to YouTube and provide the link in your application. By submitting your work to us, you are giving NSHSS and its partners, affiliates, and licensees the non-exclusive right to publish your work in any format, including print, electronic, and online media. However, all individual contributors to NSHSS retain the right to submit their work for non-exclusive publication elsewhere, and you have our permission to do so. Plagiarism: NSHSS has a no-tolerance policy for plagiarism. Any applicant whose winning work is determined to be plagiarized in whole or in part will forfeit any awards. Applicants must also provide a brief statement describing the work submitted – what inspired the work, how it was created, and the intent. Entries also require an educator recommendation. For questions, contact

Monday, May 18, 2015

Environmental Studies Summer Program

NSHSS members graduating high school in 2016 and 2017 now have a special opportunity for this summer to apply for an Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute Tuition Scholarship ($1200). July 12th – July 25th, 2015 ESSYI is a two-week academic enrichment program that provides talented, rising high school juniors and seniors with a college-level, hands-on learning experience that explores the many disciplines, tools and approaches needed to address complex, environmental issues. The Institute is located in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes region, on beautiful Seneca Lake, at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. You will conduct research with faculty members in a variety of locations: on the HWS William F. Scandling (a 65-foot vessel on Seneca Lake), in streams, quaking bogs, the Adirondack Mountains, and the Colleges science laboratories. Working in the field, in laboratories, in classrooms, and on a four-day camping trip, you will explore a range of topics in environmental policy, economics, and ethics. The Institute welcomes students from around the world who have a broad range of interests. Students work closely with a diverse group of Hobart and William Smith faculty. NSHSS scholars are invited to apply to the ESSYI Tuition Scholarship Competition using the regular application process on the ESSYI website. When applying, we ask that you indicate that you are applying for an NSHSS scholarship in the application section entitled “Academic Interests.” The winner will be chosen based on a combination of academic ability, a teacher’s recommendation, and a personal statement. The personal statement should be environmentally focused and provide us with insight into who you are and how you think. Awards for the competition will include: - First Place: $1200 tuition scholarship - Honorable Mention: $200 tuition scholarships (three available) The $25 application fee will be waived for all National Society of High School Scholars. The deadline to apply is May 18th, 2015. More information about ESSYI, total cost, and an online application are available at:

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Thermo Fisher Scientific STEM Scholarships 2015

Four $2,500 scholarships for NSHSS college members pursuing a major and career in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics). • Personal response of up to 500 words answering one of two questions provided on application • Transcript • Educator recommendation • Resume of honors and awards, leadership activities, community service activities, extra-curricular activities, internships and employment history Application Questions: These scholarships are being awarded to students pursuing STEM careers. Please respond to one of the following questions in a statement of up to 500 words. A. How do your career aspirations align with the mission of Thermo Fisher Scientific? Mission: To enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. B. How do you demonstrate Thermo Fisher Scientific’s core values of innovation, integrity, intensity and involvement?

Friday, June 12, 2015

Macquarie University NSHSS Tuition Scholarship

The aim of the Macquarie University Vice-Chancellors Merit scholarship is to offer NSHSS members the opportunity to gain a world renowned Bachelors or Master Degree from a prestigious Australian University. The scholarship is intended for use in Semester 2, 2015 (July start date). Value: The value of the scholarship is $10,000AUD which will be a one off-payment deducted from the student’s first semesters tuition. Priority areas: In accordance with the NSHSS founding values and Macquarie University’s programs, the following areas have been identified as priority areas for the scholarship: Master of International Relations Master of International Communications Master of International Public Diplomacy Master of Environment Bachelor of International Studies Bachelor of Arts in International Relations Bachelor of Arts in International Communications Bachelor of Environment Students who apply for one of more of the above programs will be given priority however, other areas will be considered. Requirements: Students must be a NSHSS member and U.S. resident with a current GPA or 3.0 out of 4 or equivalent.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Chegg NSHSS Scholarship

NSHSS partner Chegg is awarding 5 $1,000 college scholarships to NSHSS members in high school. This year’s question asks “Where would you most like to study abroad and why would you choose this location?” Apply on the Chegg website: Responses must be 500 characters (not words) or fewer. U.S. high school members who are at least 16 years old are eligible to apply. Apply by July 31, 2015.

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